Eight elderly people killed in fire that ripped through Spanish care home

A fire broked out at the Santa Fe old people's home in Cuarte de Huerva, 6km from Zaragoza, in north-eastern Spain on July 12, 2015.
A fire broked out at the Santa Fe old people's home in Cuarte de Huerva, 6km from Zaragoza, in north-eastern Spain on July 12, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

MADRID (Reuters) - Eight elderly people died in a fire that ripped through a care home near Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain in the early hours of Sunday, a government official said.

Twelve other people were injured, two of them seriously, in the blaze in the small town of Cuarte de Huerva, the spokesman for the regional government of Aragon said.

The fire broke out at around 1am local time, and the police were still trying to find out what started it, he added.

One of the injured was a carer.